Archive for August 1st, 2010

Shravana Masa – August 11th-September 8th 2010

As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Vikruthinama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from August 11th and ends on September 8th 2010.

There are many festivals during this month and I will try to post slokas and many more details as possible on each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2010.

1. August 13th 2010 – Nagara Chaturthi
2. August 13th 2010 – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja
3. August 14th 2010 – Nagara Panchami
4. August 17th 2010 – Mangala Gowri Vrata
5. August 20th 2010 – VaraMahaLakshmi Vratha, is also Ekadashi

6. August 23rd 2010 – Rigveda Upakarma and Raksha Bandhan
7. August 24th 2010 – Yajuveda Upakarma and Raksha Bandhan

8. August 24th 2010 – Mangala Gowri Vrata
9. August 25, 26 and 27th 2010 – Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhane
10. August 29th 2010 – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja
11. August 31st 2010 – Mangala Gowri Vrata
12. September 1st – Shri Krishna Janmasthami
13. September 3rd 2010 – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja
14. September 4th – Ekadashi
15. September 7th 2010 – Mangala Gowri Vrata
16. September 8th 2010 – Amavasya

Please refer to the closet temple or other calendar to find the dates of the festivals in the country you are living. These dates posted are based on Indian Standard Time.

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – August 10th 2010

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed in Hindu/Madhwa houses by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on August 10th 2010. As I have blogged earlier also Shravana Masa starts from August 11th 2010.
This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ).
2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

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